Necessary heart/head aches – editing

Oh, the pain and exhilaration of editing. Cutting The Blood from 107,900+ words to 88,667 was excruciating but I learned about writing in the process. And it is a process you can’t do alone. Three major edits have produced a much tighter story. With assistance from an independent editor and writing coach and a couple of friendly readers willing to put their reactions and questions to paper, The Blood will be going off to an official proofreader within the next week for an estimate on time and cost. I understand how an author can absolutely know that a manuscript is done to perfection and then spend the next 18 months actually getting it closer. No manuscript will be without error but a good author who believes in the story they have written will make every effort to make it the best possible before it gets printed for others to enjoy. Read Mark Stevens’ blog from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers:

http://www.rmfw.org/scrubbing-the-grand-canyon-dam-with-a-toothbrush/

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About TimberDark Writer

Simply, I am passionate about writing and dancing. I love reading, quilting and hunting. I have written stories since childhood. I have a degree in English, taught in a parochial school, substituted K-12, raised three daughters, coached and refereed youth soccer, square danced since I was seven, created and quilted award winning quilts. When not writing I assist my husband teach square dancing 3-4 times a week, co-coach an historical dance exhibition team and I hunt with my family and friends to fill the freezer. My first novel, "The Blood,"published in May 2014 is a multiple award winner and received a four star review by Foreward Clarion Review in May 2016. The second novel, "The Balance" was published September 1, 2016. These are the beginning installments of the science fiction/fantasy crossover series, "The Stone's Blade." Book three, "The Blades" is under construction. My TimberDark Writer blog is a part of my writing process. You are invited to share in the journey.
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